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Deutsche Bank Pinners Hall Bridge Link

December 16 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Press
A new bridge linking two Deutsche Bank buildings in London has been featured in this week's edition of Building Design. We have been working closely with Wilkinson Eyre to create a glowing, light, airy feel, achieved by using back-lit translucent glass floor panes along the length of the walkway.

Jonathan Speirs Retires

December 15 2011 — by Press
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It is with great regret that we must announce Jonathan’s full retirement from Speirs + Major. As many know Jonathan stepped down as a Director in February 2010 due to ill health . Despite this he continued to provide invaluable support and guidance as a consultant to the practice. Other priorities now require his attention. Our continuing friendship with Jonathan is of considerable importance. He will always be a source of inspiration.

A short statement from Jonathan:

It has been my privilege to work with both Mark and Keith for many years - the two most creative and nicest people in the industry - and together as well as each of us individually leading our own projects we had great fun as well as achieving what we all like to believe is a significant body of work, of which we are all very proud. My enforced retirement was for health reasons two years ago, when I was diagnosed with terminal cancer. With an incredibly positive attitude and treatment and, not least, wonderful support from family and friends I am currently beating the experts prognosis by over 20 months and plan on lasting a lot longer yet!

I for one can't wait to see what the team dream up in the future but I expect to be surprised and delighted - and I hope supporters and critics will be too. I believe one of the enduring aspects of Speirs + Major is that we have always been, and will always continue to be our own greatest critics in pursuit of the best creative ideas and solutions for each and every project.

25 years of Architectural Lighting

December 14 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
As Architectural Lighting magazine celebrates its first 25 years, Mark Major and Keith Bradshaw reflect on the changing nature and practice of architectural lighting design.

Speirs + Major part of shortlisted team for Navy Pier

December 05 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Press
The Chicago Tribune has run a story on the shortlisted teams for the Navy Pier, of which we are fortunate enough to be a part of.

The shortlist to remake the public spaces of this famous Chicago pier omitted some hot favourites, it said, but left the team consisting of AECOM, BIG, WET Design, Lead Pencil Studio, Project Projects, Tivoli and ourselves. The final result will be announced mid-February 2012.

The St Botolph Building featured in Lighting Magazine

November 25 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Press
Lighting Magazine has featured the lighting design of the St Botolphs Building in their December edition.

We worked closely with Grimshaw Architects to light this office building in the heart of London's City. The lighting design concept aims to create a journey following the movement from the entrances to the individual office receptions, highlighting key elements to assist with way-finding, whilst emphasising the dramatic and dynamic nature of the spaces and structures.

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design

November 11 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
In this week’s Architects’ Journal Felix Mara reviews Stanton Williams’ design for London’s Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, which has recently moved to its new site at King’s Cross. Speirs + Major worked closely with the architects to design the lighting.

That’s entertainment

October 31 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
Iain Ruxton went along to the recent PLASA show to catch up on the entertainment lighting sector. In this month's issue of Lighting, he picks out some new products with potential architectural applications. Read the full article here.
Iain has a soft spot for this Super Rod Cable Pulling Kit
Iain has a soft spot for this Super Rod Cable Pulling Kit

Windmill Hill featured in Architects Journal

October 13 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
The Architects’ Journal examine Stephen Marshall’s new archive and research centre for the Rothschild Foundation, calling it a ‘simple but sophisticated synthesis of craftsmanship and engineering’. Speirs + Major worked closely with Stephen Marshall using light to reveal key areas of the building and landscape. Read the full article here.

Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa featured in VMSD

October 03 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
US retail magazine VMSD has featured our design for Barbecoa, Jamie Oliver's flaming new restaurant situated in the heart of London. Our role was to produce a warm, vibrant atmosphere, a reflection of the restaurant's fiery cuisine.

FX Magazine June 2011

June 23 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
The Tirana Mosque and Museum of Religious Harmony project with BIG continues to generate interest. The attention in the mainstream as well the design press has been significant. We worked closely with the competition team to achieve a special quality of filtered light that will infuse the project by night and day.

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